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Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Though New Orleans is all geared up to welcome a major travel trade show which is anticipated to attract thousands of attendees across the globe from around the world, the state’s chief tourism promoter is talking about some of the recurrent problems of the state: crime, crumbling streets and a noticeable increase in tramps in areas regularly visited by the travelers.
These long-standing problems, he said, has the possibility to weaken the tourism of the city.
To quote Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, who looks after state’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, “The crime, the homeless people out in front of shops and sidewalks, it’s embarrassing. The condition of the streets and the sidewalks and lights not working in the French Quarter — I’m disappointed.”
The convention is however is anticipated to attract over 6,000 attendees from 73 different countries which includes international and domestic travel buyers and hundreds of travel writers.
Nungesser said, in spite of coming off a year in which the city welcomed nearly 9.8 million visitors. “We’re either going to fix it, or it’s going to greatly affect our tourism numbers.” Whereas explaining that they are thankful for his proposal to help, long standing works are already in the pipeline as mentioned by the tourism officials. They pinpoint to the quarter-cent sales tax growth sanctioned in 2016 in the French Quarter as a key step. The money — set to support an ongoing State Police contingent in the Quarter — is predictable to lift up at least $2 million year-on-year for five consecutive years, mostly borne by visitors.